Alpine Events 2014

Here are a few events taking place in and around the Alps, from sporting events through to festivals, there’s something for everyone. All of which are well worth a visit….

June 21st 2014 – Fete de la musique.
A fantastic and free event where musicians perform throughout towns and cities in France and further afield. A massively eclectic mix of artists playing their materials for you to listen and dance away to! Go to the web page for more info…(available in english)…www.fetedelamusique.fr

Chamonix Mountain Festival 29th June-6th July
Do you love to climb, or fancy becoming a climber? Check out this festival for oodles of gear to drool over, routes to plan and conquer, fellow mountain dwellers to meet and share après-climb beers with. Should be a fantastic week and in the ultimate climbing destination! www.chamonixmountainfestival.com

Le Marmotte cyclosportif – 7th July.
Fancy a challenge on two wheels – this could be just what your looking for! However, one small thing, this event sold out back in December! It is so popular, one of the most popular in the world, at 174km and 5000m of climbing, it is not for the faint hearted! So, check it out this year, then get your entry for next year in early – the bonus is you’ll have plenty of training time! Marmotte

July 2014 – Le Tour de France
Starting on July 5th through to the 27th, and this year starting in the lovely Yorkshire. Then the riders will make their way, on two wheels, at speed, around France, with 6 mountain stages and 5 altitude finishes, if you can get yourselves into a prime viewing spot on a mountain side you should – it is an amazing sight and a superb atmosphere. Vive le tour! www.letour.fr

Tour des Grandes Alpes 6th or 20th September
Would you love to take part in a fantastic cycle tour starting in Geneva finishing in Nice on the Cote D’Azur taking in the most stunning alpine cols en route whilst raising cash for a worthy charity? Ride for the children’s hospice and complete this ‘bucket list’ trip – a real gem.
www.journey-begins.com

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Tour De France fever!

You may have heard about a road cycle event, takes place once a year, finishes on the Champs Elysees, oh and this year starting in the lovely Yorkshire? Yep – you’ve got it, the legendary TDF.
We love ‘Le Tour’ and all its hype, it never fails to get folks all over the world going crazy for its unique style and objective.

Heading for the finish line of the stage

Heading for the finish line of the stage

We especially adore the Alpine stages (of course!) with the added excitement of steep relentless climbs, riders out of their saddles, dancing on their pedals, giving it their absolute all – fantastic!
The Alps always features in the Tour, as it offers so much to both riders and spectators, although Cavendish might not agree on that point!

Another day another col to conquer.

Another day another col to conquer.

The Alps are a true cyclists paradise, it’s as if the mountain roads were made for us riders, with (mostly) smooth tarmac, (mostly) courteous drivers, hairpins to make your pedals twitch, sunshine to ease your muscles, legendary climbs & epic descents and views to make you think you’ve gone to heaven.
This year we will be, as in past years, off to support @letour, basing ourselves on the famous and stunning Col D’Izoard, where we will cheer our voice boxes to oblivion, enjoy a few stubby beers and pitch our base camp at the road side – probably a week before hand to get the best road side seats! Our guests enjoying the party atmosphere with us. Once we have cycled up the col ahead of our favourite tour heros on the morning of the stage, we will sit back, keep an eye on the TV to keep a track oF the action before the lead riders are before us – ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ!

Team sky car ahead of the riders..

Team sky car ahead of the riders..

Want these shades

Want these shades

TDF gendarmerie - special constable :)

TDF gendarmerie – special constable 🙂

Climbing with Ibex

We are lucky enough to live near some amazing climbing crags, one of which is just on the border with Switzerland (we are based near Chamonix). Barberine is a quiet, south facing pretty little hamlet, which I suspect doesn’t see too many visitors – except for keen climbers passing through on their way to the rock faces above. Today we paid our first visit to the crag where we were met with a beautiful yet huge rock face, with lots to play on. We started out on some of the lower routes, getting to grips, literally, with the slabby rock. On abseiling back down I was astonished to meet a lone Ibex at the bottom of the rock, just feet from me, it barely acknowledged me! I was stunned, I expected it to run a mile, especially as I was jangling like a large bunch of keys with all of my climbing kit dangling from my harness. I darted for my camera, expecting ‘monsieur Ibex’ to have disappeared by the time I had opened the shutter – but no, he was cool calm and collected and just went on searching for some fresh greens in and out of the trees. What a wonderful and special sight, it just topped off a great day out on the rock.

Monsieur Ibex

Monsieur Ibex

Sniffing out some greens

Sniffing out some greens

He shows us up on the climbs.

He shows us up on the climbs.

Climbing with Ibex

Climbing with Ibex

It’s a hard life….

Welcome to ‘Love The Alps’ where we celebrate all things Alpine! We are unashamedly biased – we can’t get enough Alpine time. And we hope that you too can share in our passion be it here in the Alps, via this blog, or perhaps it might inspire you to take an Alpine Adventure of your own?
We’ll kick things off with a ‘big-up’ for Alpine seasons – which are undoubtedly awesome!…….
After an amazing winter with plenty of snow and skiing fun we are peeling off the layers and readying ourselves for the coming summer. One of the best and most life changing things about living in the Alps is the changing seasons. When its winter in the Alps, its winter, proper winter. Snow, ice, minus temperatures for weeks or months on end, big fury boots that your feet hibernate in for 5 months and a beanie hat that doesn’t leave your noggin except for showers & bed (although for some that is optional!). It is truly winter as it should be (think Narnia). Summer, thank goodness, is the polar opposite, plus 20/30 degrees, green, green pastures, flip-flop tans, lake swims and hot sweaty hikes – apart from a white sandy beach (although we have Annecy lake) an awesome surf break and a row of palm trees, it lacks nothing! There are of course some downsides – two wardrobes (yes ladies, yes), oh and at some point you have to pack your skis in the cupboard and take out the climbing & biking kit – it really is a hard life, but as they say, someone has to do it.
Follow our blog for upcoming adventures, alpine tales and top tips on where to go, what to see and what kit you might need on your next Alps adventure.